The Crotchety Old Man

Sep 03, 2012
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Guest Post for Tali Spencer

Today I’m appearing on Tali Spencer’s blog, Brilliant Disguise: Other Worlds, Other Loves. You can read the post here. If you like fantasy or science fiction, check out her books while you’re Sorcerer’s Knot is scheduled for release September 12th. Tali will tell you more about it two weeks from today here on… My Glass House
Sep 02, 2012
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Guest Post for Chris Kat

Today I’m delighted to appear on Chris Kat’s blog. Chris has not one, not two, but THREE books coming out this fall! Check out her blog and my post here. Watch for a post from Chris soon here on… My Glass House
Aug 30, 2012
By Michael Rupured
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Loyalty Oath

Not too long ago, I knew everyone who read my blog personally. Maybe we went to school together, or worked for the same employer, or did the same kind of work. The connection, whatever it is, was face-to-face and in real time at some point in the last fifty years. The number of visitors to my blog has gone up a lot over time. Some days I get more than 200 hits. But  I still feel like I know the majority of you in person. Even if we’ve never actually met, we’re friends on Facebook, or follow each other on Twitter, or read each others’ blogs or email each other. I know you too well to think of you as my …

Aug 28, 2012
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Guest Post for Eden Winters

I’m honored to appear on Eden Winters’ blog, Greetings from the Trailer Park share my early literary influences with her fans. You can see my post here. Coming soon, a post from Eden for fans of… My Glass House
Aug 27, 2012
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Meet Adrienne Wilder

I met Michael Rupured when he brought a memoir called Glass Houses for critique to the writing group I was in.  I was one of the first lucky people to get to read it.  It needed work but it was good.  There were parts that had me rolling in the floor and laughing until I cried.  What I saw, more than well structured writing, was the potential talent of a future fiction writer. I told Michael he should write a novel.  I don’t think he believed me at first, but he thought about it and then decided to go for it.  I’m glad he did. Few writers ever see their very first works picked up by a publisher.  I think …
Aug 26, 2012
By Michael Rupured

My Life as a Romance Novelist: The Weekend

Panic motivated me to take the day off from work last Friday. Being a romance novelist is a lot more work than I knew. I needed a three-day weekend to get my act together. I spent most of the weekend in my recliner with two chihuahuas between my legs and a Macbook on my lap. The end table to my right is piled high with papers, unopened mail, various office supplies, and the giant stack of sympathy cards I got from coworkers and friends after Dad passed away. I’d put a coffee pot on it if there was room. Friday morning I ran for an hour and mowed part of the yard. My partner spent the night at the Rock …

Aug 23, 2012
By Michael Rupured

What Have I Done Now?

Since learning how to read, most the writers I know have dreamed about getting a book published. Not me. Until last year, the idea that I could write a novel had never even entered my mind. Writing fiction was on a rather long list of inabilities that I inherited from my mother. We can’t do calculus, learn a foreign language, or understand anything related to physics or chemistry, either. It’s a family curse. When I started writing my novel, being so new at it, getting published was an abstract idea about something in the distant future. I definitely wanted to have my book published. But I’d learned enough to know that the odds were not in my favor. I set …

Aug 22, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Living on Cloud Nine

I’m still happily ensconced atop Cloud Nine. Life is good here–full of promise and possibilities. I like it a lot. All I think about is Dreamspinner Press’s upcoming release of Until Thanksgiving–my first novel. Since Wednesday I’ve called or emailed everyone I know who isn’t on Facebook or Twitter, chatted with all my pals at the gym, and stopped into every office in my building to share the news. I’ve run out of people to tell. I even told my department head and the dean of my college. I’ve been calling myself a published author at every opportunity. I smile in the mirror fifteen or twenty times a day and say, “Hello, published author!” This morning on the drive into work …

Aug 20, 2012
By Michael Rupured

My New Normal

Too much has changed in the past month for my life to ever return to normal. I lost my father. But the end to his suffering and his inability to do the things he wanted to do prevent me from being sad. Mostly, I feel a profound sense of relief–like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. The end turned out so much better than I ever would have expected, and for that I will always be grateful. Then I got the life-changing e-mail message from Dreamspinner Press. That was five days ago, and I’m still firmly anchored to Cloud Nine. My cheeks hurt from the giant and ever present grin on my face. I don’t think I’ve …

Aug 16, 2012
By Michael Rupured

My Wildest Dreams

I wrote Glass Houses in 2010 and thought it was an absolutely brilliant memoir. My first choice agent rejected the manuscript. Then I tried a small gay publishing house that also turned it down. Solid in my conviction that the manuscript was perfect, the problem had to be with the blurb, synopsis, and query letter. I joined a local writers group for help. In the next few months I learned enough to see that my memoir had a lot of technical problems. I decided to set it aside until I could figure out a way to fix the major structural issues. Leaving it behind was okay. Writing the memoir changed me in a lot of ways, with one of the …

Aug 16, 2012
By Michael Rupured
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Campaign Promise

The other day I read that a blog like mine should steer clear of politics and religion. Venturing into either arena is likely to offend people who might (one day) buy my books. Well, as you know, that ship has sailed. My carpool pal and I discussed this issue on the way to one of our meetings. I wondered if I’d gone too far. (Moi?) She’s so wise. Beautiful, too–a girdle-free version of Joan on Mad Men. She pointed out that since I write gay novels, anyone offended by something on my blog probably wouldn’t buy my books anyway. Good point. This year it’s a moot point. I’m sick and tired of Campaign 2012. My mind is made up, and has …

Aug 14, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Tales of a Slow Learner

Sometimes I’m a little slow. It’s more a matter of application than intelligence. Drawing me a picture helps…usually, but it can take a while. I still remember the day in high school health class when I suddenly got every dirty joke I’d ever heard. I laughed until my cheeks ached. I blame my sun sign–Pisces. The symbol is two fish chasing each others tails. It’s supposed to be a metaphor for our ability to see both sides of an issue to the point of indecision. We Pisces are also prone to dreaminess and have a tendency to live in our own world. Frankly, I’d stay there if the demands of the real world didn’t get in the way. It’s a …

Aug 11, 2012
By Michael Rupured

The Reviews Are In!

Several years ago I started renting audiobooks from Cracker Barrel for road trips longer than about three hours. Then I started downloading them on my iPod Nano to listen to when I run. Now I’m in the middle of a book just about all the time. The hours I once spent reading books I now devote to writing–either for this blog or adding to my work in progress. Reading and critiquing submissions for my writers group takes a lot of time, too. Throw in the blogs I keep up with, my New Yorker magazine subscription, the daily newspaper and crap I have to read for work and I really don’t have time to read a book for pleasure. Thanks to …

Aug 10, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Hasten My Retirement

Successful blogging tip number one: Never add blog posts on weekends. People read blogs on weekdays during working hours. Posting between two o’clock Friday afternoon and nine o’clock Monday morning is the blogging equivalent of masturbating–a solitary act that nobody will know about. Unless, of course, it goes viral on the internet. Advice for becoming a successful blogger is readily available. Now and then, I read the suggestions. The bottom line is that to be successful, one needs to go beyond merely writing interesting posts. It’s all about the marketing. I’m supposed to spend hours every day reading and commenting on blogs like mine in a shameless attempt to lure readers here. Perhaps it works. I just don’t have that kind …

Aug 09, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Stop the World!

Swapping the vacation my partner and I had been looking forward to for Dad’s funeral ended up being a good thing. We were already off work, and since we were driving anyway and had a free place to stay at the beach, changing our plans at the last minute didn’t cost anything. Any other time would have caused problems and posed challenges. All this to say I’m not unhappy that we gave up a relaxing week at the beach. Things have a way of working out for the best. Already exhausted from the previous weeks activities, I spent the weekend catching up on laundry, mowing, and other chores. My writers group met Saturday, and I managed to squeeze in a …

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